12 Nov Sound as Sadhana
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
The world is made up of sound, which is vibrations and sound is all around us even in our own body. Our rishis called it Nad. When we weave the sound or when we are able to hear the sounds in a particular pattern, we call this music. We come from Nada and we are dissolved in it.
Every child is born with music in his being, when the child is in the womb, the sound of heart beat of mother is a constant rhythm that forms the basis of child’s musical journey on earth. And throughout our lives we are in constant search of that inner harmony through rhythm. For most of us, music is reduced to just entertainment, and we forgot the origin of it, the purpose of it and how in the ancient cultures it was even used for healing and ofcourse meditation. When the ragas were discovered, they were systematically played at a particular time of the day, to invoke a deeper sense of remembrance and vibrations within our system, because the knower of ragas realized that at each time of the day, based on the movement of sun & moon, a particular type of musical vibrations will affect on a specific centre of our body mind.
So, yes music is a deep sadhana in itself. It has the power to take us to much deeper levels of our own consciousness. It has the power to invoke deeper Bhavas (feelings) in us and as we go deeper in music, our senses start to loose their grip on us and soon the mind becomes quieter. This is the beginning of meditation in us. And with more intensity and practice, we are able to go further beyond this silence too and touch the shores of a space where the inner music of life starts to play. Some call it cosmic sound, some call it the sound of eternal Om and some call it Anahat Nad. Its not important that by which name we know this “unstruck sound” but to realize and experience it as the basis of life, is the whole play.
As great sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan says “The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.”
I welcome you all lovingly on this musical pilgrimage of Saadho…